Cathy Nash




President & Chief Executive Officer

Woodforest National Bank




Cathleen (Cathy) Nash is the President and CEO of Woodforest National Bank, located in The Woodlands TX. For 35 years, Woodforest National Bank has successfully stood among the strongest community banks in the nation, proudly offering unsurpassed quality customer service. The bank offers both consumer and business products and services at more than 750 locations in 17 states across the United States. Woodforest National Bank is privately owned and with the Employee Stock Ownership Plan as the largest shareholder.


Nash is the former President and CEO of Citizens Republic Bancorp, based in Flint, Michigan with assets of $9.7 billion. On September 13, 2012, Citizens Republic Bancorp announced its sale to FirstMerit Corporation, capping Nash’s 3 year turnaround of the franchise. That sale closed in April 2013.


She has more than 20 years of experience in banking, joining Citizens in July 2006 as Executive Vice President and Head of Consumer Banking. She was subsequently named Executive Vice President, Vice Chair of Regional Banking, and then President and CEO. Prior to Citizens, Nash was Senior Vice President, Director of Branch Banking for SunTrust Corporation, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. In this role, she was responsible for overseeing the sales strategy of 1,700 branch locations. Nash was with SunTrust for more than 13 years, serving in a variety of positions including Director of Retail Banking and Marketing in Florida. Prior to joining SunTrust, Nash held a number of positions for Bank of Boston in Marketing and Human Resources.


Nash received her Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Central Florida and a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Ithaca College.


An active voice in the banking industry, Nash has served on the board of directors for the Consumer Bankers Association and as a member of ABA’s American Bankers Council. Within the Midwest, she has served on the board of directors for Citizens Research Council of Michigan, and Business Leaders for Michigan. Since the mid 1990s Nash has been actively involved with Give Kids The World, an organization that provides memorable, magical, cost-free experiences to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. She serves on the board of directors as well as the audit and investments committees and chairs the governance committee.



See Cathy during Wednesday morning's Super Session entitled: "The Economic States of America."